The Volkswagen Golf GTI has always been the go-to hot hatchback to buy ever since the first version came out in 1976.
It has had numerous competitors but few have been able to match the GTIÂs balance between power and handling.
The GTI I am reviewing is of the Mk5 generation, with it being a 3 door 2008 model with a DSG transmission, or Âpaddle shifters.Â
Overall, this is a good car because it does what it is intended to be in a high manner, which is being the best sports hatchback money can buy.
This isnÂt a base Toyota Yaris econo box; this car has been given tweaks over the base Golf to make it one of the best sport hatchbacks on the market.
First off, the aesthetics
With itÂs small size and excellent handling, this car feels like a go-kart, which is a good thing.
As for the ride, this car strikes a balance between enthusiast and daily commuter.
ItÂs definitely more harsh than youÂre average sedan, but itÂs far from being a headache as you go over bumps in the road.
The thin tires on the GTI do did a remarkable job of absorbing major bumps and holes in the road, and overall the car is very quiet, with the only major sound coming from the engine and exhaust when you floor the car.
The interior is also above average, with very supportive seats and nice fit and finish along the dashboard.
ItÂs all very well put together, unlike VWÂs of the past.